Lemon Sensory Water Play

Have you ever made homemade lemonade with kids? If so, you’ve probably noticed that they would go on playing long after the juice is squeezed from all those lemons. After making a few batches of lemonade this summer, I decided to let the kids have their own lemon sensory bin for water play so they could continue their play long after we had finished making our newest pitcher of lemonade. I am not exaggerating when I tell you they spent HOURS {Read More}

Read Play Create Summer Activities for Kids

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean learning stops. Sure the schedule might be a bit more flexible and we may not plan full theme weeks for preschool time, but we can do a lot of playful learning with summer activities inspired by picture books. On days we stay home we love to read a story at the beginning of the day and then do an activity or two related to the topic of the book. And because I know you’d rather be {Read More}

Scratch and Sniff Five Senses Art for Kids

Over the years we’ve shared a lot of hands-on ways to learn about the five senses. A while ago I saw this great literacy activity from Fun-A-Day, and I’ve wanted to try scratch and sniff art ever since.  Here we’re using stencils to guide our creations, but you could also do this as a process art activity by eliminating the stencils. Materials Jello-powder in a variety of scents and colors (placed in open shallow containers) White school glue White cardstock Cookie {Read More}

Ocean Small World Summer Sensory Play

If I could I would spend every single day of summer at the beach. Unfortunately it’s just not possible, but that doesn’t mean we can’t bring a little bit of ocean inspired play into our days at home. These creative ocean small worlds are great inspiration for creating your own pretend play invitations this summer. Use them as part of an ocean theme, or just set them up when you’re wishing you were at the beach instead. They’re sure to {Read More}

Jellyfish Craft

When my girls pop inside to escape the summer heat they often choose some sort of crafting or painting activity. While we were at the library last week we happened to read a book about jellyfish, so this was a fun jellyfish craft to make after reading together one afternoon. Use it at home or in the classroom for a J is for Jellyfish theme or summer activity. Materials Affiliate links included Tempera paint Paper Wide toothed comb Q-tips Books About {Read More}

Fish Crafts for Kids

Summer is meant to be spent outdoors, but sometimes you need to take a break from the heat and the sun. Head inside and make some of these fish crafts together. They’d be great to make after a visit to the beach or an aquarium. And once summer is long gone, you can use these crafts for a fish theme, an ocean theme, or Letter F week. These creative fish crafts include some clever process art ideas so you can try painting {Read More}

Seashell Sight Word Practice

“Ugh, do I haaaave to practice my sight words?!” “Can’t we do it later?” Is that what you hear when you try to get your kids to do a little school work over the summer? But there you are staring at that list of words your child’s school sent home for you to remember, so why not make it so fun they’ll be asking you to practice those sight words? This seashell activity is terrific for sight words that preschoolers {Read More}

Seashell Name Game

We have mounds of seashells we’ve collected from our beach trips. During the summer we end up using a lot of them for play and learning. If you don’t have access to shells, you can also find them at craft stores. For this activity we gathered a few shells and made our own “pearls” to practice name recognition. Handling those tiny pearls is also great for practicing the pincer grasp that kids will use for handwriting. To set up this {Read More}

Rainbow Fish Counting Play Dough

Whenever we can combine a great book, play dough, and hands-on learning I know we’ve got a recipe for a memorable activity that the kids will love. As we’re sailing into summer we’ve been reading some of our favorite fish books. We’re also reviewing teen numbers, so I though this Rainbow Fish counting play dough activity would be a fun way to practice both number recognition and counting. Materials for Rainbow Fish Counting Play Dough The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister Purple and {Read More}

Easy Starfish Craft

We are only a few weeks away from summer! We’re already daydreaming about days at the beach. Whether you’re heading to the beach soon, teaching an ocean theme, or learning about starfish together this is an easy starfish craft that is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. Materials Affiliate links included. Tempera paint-We chose orange and yellow Potato masher-Grab one from Dollar Tree or your kitchen stash Cardstock Scissors Blue paper (optional) Glue (optional) Nonfiction book about starfish-We read Star of {Read More}